What to look for when inspecting your roof

September 24th, 2015 by admin

Winter is a trying time for roofs. Heavy snow, invasive ice and relentless moisture can turn a well-worn roof into a damaged one before you know it, leading to hefty repair or replacement costs. Spending a few minutes every six months looking closely at your roof can help you identify maintenance opportunities that could prevent costly repairs later. Give your roof a once-over when you're cleaning your gutters this autumn to make sure it's ready to handle the demands of winter weather. 

When inspecting your roof, here are a few things to look out for:

  • Look for missing, damaged or curling shingles. It's much easier and less expensive to replace one or two shingles than to repair the damage from a major roof leak. 
  • If you spot moss, mold or algae growing on your roof, try installing zinc or lead control strips. 
  • Inspect metal areas for rust. If present, remove the rust with a wire brush before priming and painting the metal.
  • Examine the flashing to make sure it's solid. If not, remove all of the old caulk and scrub the area clean before resealing.
  • If the mortar or caulking around roof joints and chimneys is cracked or deteriorating, seal it to prevent leaks and improve insulation. 

When checking or performing maintenance on your roof, remember to always exercise caution. If you are having difficulty reaching a certain area or don't feel comfortable working from your ladder, call a professional for help. Remember to review your homeowners insurance policy to see how you are covered for roof repairs. 

To speak with one of our homeowners insurance brokers, or for a quick insurance quote online, contact Fundy Mutual today.